Would an Aprilaire Dehumidifier help my moisture problem in my basement?

Consumer question:

I have a small basement apartment where we installed a Model 8100 ventilation system because the apartment was always dank smelling and there is always a humidity problem. The ventilation system went a long way to cure the problem but there is still a humidity problem. I\’m thinking of having one of your dehumidifier systems installed as well. Would the dehumidifier run in line with the ventilation system? It would seem like I\’m dehumidifying the outside air as it comes in. Would I be dehumidifying the air already in the apartment as well? I understand I have a less than optimal situation in this basement apartment but I’m trying to make it better than it is.

Aprilaires’ response:

Thank you for contacting us about your interest in our Aprilaire dehumidifiers.The Dehumidifier would compliment the ventilation system while dehumidifying the whole apartment. The Dehumidifier attaches its inlet side to the Return (cold) air side and the outlet side attaches to the Supply (hot) side of your furnace. The dehumidifier would be wired into your HVAC system to periodically turn on to dehumidify. Since the 8100 is in line with this set-up, you would be dehumidifying fresh outside air along with inside air. Although, the unit will be "working" a bit harder because the 8100 is introducing fresh air, it will still help to bring down the humidity levels to something more comfortable.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

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